The bear represents the earth. The shape of its back echoes the curvature of the earth's surface. Its four paws are firmly planted on the ground, rooted in the land in order to convey Morrisseau's life-affirming message that "We are all one". Morrisseau further ties the elements of his composition together with one continual line of communication to signify that all creatures on the earth are interconnected. The butterfly depicts childlike simplicity, whimsy and the natural state of happiness. The second half of the painting's title, written on the back in black permanent marker (by the artist's hand), suggests Morrisseau's personal contentment that he found in later life: In The Dreamworld of Children And Pets.
Acrylic on canvas
Reproduced: "Norval Morrisseau 2010 Retrospective" pg 18 (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Oct 2010) Exhibited: "The Shaman's Return" Mar 31 - Apr 28, 1990 Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto. Provenance: Private collection, Ontario; Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto; Acquired from the artist.
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